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Nov 23, 2008 03:02 PM

delicious oatmeal stout . . .

right now i am drinking a bottle of wolaver's oatmeal stout. go buy some right now, it is so good. it's organic. it tastes like chocolate and it is so dark it is sort of chewy.

it is so delicious. beer hounds, what other beer will i like, based on this oatmeal stout? i like other dark beer, but this is so much better than any other i've had.

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  1. My recommendations would depend on where you live and what is available to you.

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    1. re: brentk

      i live in massachusetts. thanks for being so thorough!

      1. re: pigtails

        I love the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, which is brewed by Mercury Brewing in Ipswich so should be a good local beer for you to try. Anderson Valley's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout has fairly wide national distribution so should also be available to you. On the import front, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout (from England) should be readily available and is another good choice.

        You may also like milk stouts, as well, so I would suggest trying Mackeson Triple XXX Stout, another English import that should be readily available to you.

        1. re: brentk

          Mackeson Stout hasn't been an import for a few years now (since early 2000's IIRC). It's contract-brewed in Cincinnati by Boston Beer Co. I forget exactly how that came to be, but it's a confused mess between the sale of the brewery by Hudepohl-Schoenling to BBC, then the selling of the H-S brands to "Royal" (at the time, the importer of Mackeson) and then to Snyder (which went bankrupt).

          For a time a few years ago, there were even 22 oz. bottles of Mackeson being brewed at The Lion. I recall a side-by-side, UK vs. US, right after the switch and I was pretty unimpressed with the contract-brewed version.

          But it *does* create an interesting trivia question-

          "What Anheuser-Busch-InBev brand is brewed by the Boston Beer Co.?"

          (Alternate answer is Whitbread Ale, under the same contract.)

          1. re: JessKidden

            You are right. I had forgotten about the switch to contract brewing. Still, I do recommend it to the OP as a beer of another style to explore.

          2. re: brentk

            I agree with you about Ipswich. They are the best commercially-made beers in MA., and the oatmeal stout is their crown jewel.

            Barney Flats is good. Rogue Shakespeare is very good (it doesn't identify itself as an OS, but it is), as is St. Ambroise from Canada. Ipswich is the best, for my money, though.

      2. Of what should be widely available and not another Oatmeal Stout? Korbinian (Doppelbock)

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        1. re: Chinon00

          I recently had that for the first time. I liked it, but I think I prefer Ayinger's Celebrator.

        2. John Harvard's pub in Cambridge and Framingham make an outstanding milk stout. If you go, check ahead because they rotate their beers every month or so.

          1. I will second the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout recommendation. Some other examples you should be able to get in MA:
            - St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from Canada
            - The Peoples Pint Our oatmeal Stout
            - Belfast Bay McGovern's Oatmeal Stout

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            1. re: ClockworkOrange

              Yes, St Ambroise is a nice one ... I have a pleasant memory of a nitro-poured pint in a Montreal pub.

              1. re: Jim Dorsch

                I thought of the St. Ambroise and, while I like it a lot, I thought that the flavor profile might be a bit overwhelming for the OP, based on the wish to seek other beers similar to Wolavers.

              2. re: ClockworkOrange

                Where can I buy Belfast Bay McGovern's Oatmeal Stout in Massachusetts?

              3. Oh, my, Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout! The best. I second the recommendation for Belfast Bay, and also Mackeson XXX, although I didn't know it was contract brewed domestically now. Guess I'd better get some and see if it's still tasty!

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                1. re: Kinnexa

                  I love Wolaver's. I was at a beer festival a few years ago and the guy giving out the beer referred to the oatmeal stout as "liquid love" and the name has stuck with my friends and I ever since.